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The Teenagers' Guide to School Outside the Box

The Teenagers' Guide to School Outside the Box

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by Rebecca Greene, Elizabeth Verdick, Jeff Tolbert (Illustrator)

For some teens, the traditional four-year high school curriculum is just what they need. Others would benefit more from nontraditional learning experiences—if they knew how to find them and what to do next.

This practical, inspiring book explores the world of alternative learning, giving teens the knowledge and tools they need to make good choices. It&rsquo


For some teens, the traditional four-year high school curriculum is just what they need. Others would benefit more from nontraditional learning experiences—if they knew how to find them and what to do next.

This practical, inspiring book explores the world of alternative learning, giving teens the knowledge and tools they need to make good choices. It’s not a directory of programs; there are many of those available already.

Instead, Rebecca Greene introduces and describes a world of possibilities, from study abroad to internships, apprenticeships, networking, job shadowing, service learning, university coursework, and independent study. Then she tells teens where to look for opportunities, how to decide which ones are right for them, how to overcome potential barriers (cost, distance, time), how to prepare, and what kinds of benefits they can expect to take away from their experiences.

Comprehensive and realistic, complete with first-person stories from high school students who have gone “outside the box,” this guide is for any teen who wonders “What’s out there for me?” Also recommended for school guidance and career centers.

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Any student interested in alternative learning opportunities will benefit from this lively book. Greene, a recent college graduate with much alternative learning experience of her own, wrote this to encourage others to explore new possibilities. In Part One, she explains how to get involved and what can be gained from volunteering, taking courses outside high school, acquiring or becoming a mentor, job shadowing a professional, or becoming an intern or a youth apprentice. Part Two discusses travel opportunities, from summer camp to studying overseas. The format of the book makes it appealing and user-friendly, with many b/w cartoon-like illustrations, bulleted lists, F.Y.I. boxes highlighting informational tidbits, and honest quotes from students about their experiences, ranging from becoming a zoo aide to apprenticing with a blacksmith, following a lawyer around for a day, and living on a kibbutz in Israel or with a host family in Bolivia. "Find Out More" sections in each chapter offer annotated lists of helpful publications as well as organizations to contact. Great for counselors as well as students—this should be part of every high school library. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Free Spirit, 262p, illus, bibliogs, index, 23cm, 00-031699, $15.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
Is there life after high school graduation? What is it like and how can teens be reasonably sure that they will be prepared for it? In her readable, well-organized book, Greene suggests ways in which teenagers can step into the world beyond school while building a résumé that will impress both employers and colleges. Chapters are arranged from the most simple and obvious activities, such as volunteer work, through courses taken at local colleges, to internships and apprenticeships. The guide then describes camp and adventure programs and various offerings abroad for teens. Along with practical advice, there are lengthy, excellent anecdotes written by students who have experienced what Greene describes. After each topic, a Find Out More section lists books that give contact information about the topic as well as addresses, phone numbers, and Web sites of specific programs. There is sound advice about how to locate contacts on one's own as well as guidelines for constructing a résumé and advice about homesickness. FYI boxes and quotations interspersed throughout the chapters give advice and information in a way that does not interrupt the flow of the book. It can be read in its entirety (as this reader did), or by using the index or table of contents to send the researcher quickly to just the chapter needed. For both the unfocused student or the high achiever, this book is a resource that counselors will be grateful to have on hand. Index. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to12). 2001, Free Spirit, 261p, Trade pb. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Lynne Hawkins SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Greene encourages readers to think about what they are interested in and choose an opportunity to learn about it outside the classroom. Chapters explore a variety of traditional and nontraditional environments for volunteering, mentoring, alternative classes (dual enrollment, distance learning, etc.), job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, camps, and study abroad. Scattered throughout are tidbits of information in "F.Y.I." boxes, personal narratives highlighting teens' experiences, and lists of books and organizations. The clear layout is peppered with humorous spot art. This book will be a valuable resource for librarians and counselors, and students will come away from it with lots of ideas about how they can enrich their futures.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Rebecca Greene has firsthand knowledge of many nontraditional learning experiences, including three study-abroad programs, five internships, independent study, and job shadowing. She graduated from Carleton College in 1999 and holds a law degree from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington.

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This book gives the reader a lot of information on ways that you can enrich your high school experience beyond the classroom. This is especially helpful if you feel limited to participating only in the extracurricular activities that your school offers you. There are some things in this book that I've never even thought of doing- for instance, I once thought that studying abroad was only an option for college students, but I was surprised to find out that high school students could do it as well. At the end of each chapter, there are websites or books that you can refer to for more information.